Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary

Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary

Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Monkey Sanctuary is one of several sanctuaries in a group of sanctuaries, including the elephant sanctuary that provides for orphaned and abused animals. Situated west of Hartbeesport Dam alongside the Elephant sanctuary it provides an environment where monkeys (primates) can be given their freedom in a natural environment. The sanctuary situated in one of the many Kloofs (Gorges) of the Magaliesberg mountain range provides the perfect environment for Monkeys from around the world.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Zanzanette
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
I have been to the sanctuary a couple s years ago and can not remember that you only saw monkeys at the entrance gate and at end of the walk
But the worst part was an old lady of 80 that the staff allowed this lady to do the walk with out warning her it is not an easy walk and hang bridges. The lady fell a couple of times. Our guide later called for help and he said she must wait for help. My family and i agreed to stay with her. We waited a bit but nobody came. We started to walk slowly back but the ladies leg could not hold her up and we had to sit down with her on the ground. Later help came but it was just another guide and the lady still had to walk to the end. While we were waiting for her to get her breath, we saw another old lady with her grandchild and we knew that lady was also going to battle.
I just wonder if my family and I did not decide to stay with the lady and help her, catch her when she fell down, what would have happened. She could have broken a leg, a hip. Anything could have happened and tje guard to his group and left her alone and then the help was just another guide and no plan was made to get the lady back to the entrance but to get her to walk.
I released this sanctuary has changed and is just a tourist place because out your 3 kilometers walk you see two different species of monkeys at the entrance and again at the end. Just two types of monkeys then whole word and for the 2 km you do not see any monkeys or Bush babies as they advertise. I was very disappointed and I will not spend my money on this tourist facility as it is not a honest and real sanctuary. And that they had no emergency to help the old lady, left her alone and never warned her about the type of walk
Sorry after seeing a real monkey sanctuary
Vervet Monkey Sanctuary in Limpopo you can not even equal the two. Very disappointed
Written 12 January 2020
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Good day. Thank you for taking the time to write this review about us. I am sorry to hear that you find our facility disappointing. We have a 7ha farm where our primates roam free in. There are approximately 158 primates that live in our care which have been pets or rescued from the pet trade and now all have the opportunity to live freely in our sanctuary. We cannot guarantee that you will see all the primates at every tour as this is a free-roaming enclosure. We have also ensured that our descriptions of our tours are conveyed to guests when making the booking, including the walk. This is also well documented on the forms that are completed before partaking in any tour. We hope that you one day, you could visit us again to hopefully enjoy this experience as so many other have.
Written 14 January 2021
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HW Photo & Safaris
Edmonton, Canada157 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
I brought a group here. We enjoyed it and of course the guides were wonderful. My only critique is they told us we could take as many pictures as we wanted (never say that to photographers unless you mean it). They rushed us through the sanctuary a bit. I would have liked to stay and take a few more pictures since there was no group behind us waiting. And even if there was, they could stagger the groups a bit and allow people to spend more time taking pictures. Or offer a time where photographers can go to take pictures. I would prefer they offered a win/win, show a little creativity and allow people with cameras to spend a little longer with the monkeys even if they charged extra for the extra time spent.
Written 6 October 2022
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fredhorst23
New Orleans, LA60 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Couples
I wrote about this place in my elephant sanctuary review, so this will be brief. They don't control the monkeys of course, but as a result you don't really see any besides the capuchins that like to mess with people. This is likely luck of the draw, but it was really disappointing to not see anything else. Also, about half of the walk is through an area that you are later told never has any monkeys because of the hawks. They should probably look into running the path to some other areas to provide a bit better experience.
Written 30 September 2021
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Alice
Wellington, New Zealand83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Such an amazing experience! The sanctuary is big and open, the keeper gave us food to feed to the monkeys and I’ve never seen so many in my life. All different kinds too, such capuchins, a spider monkey and squirrel monkeys. Then he took us on a nice walk around the sanctuary and we even saw wild baboons in the distance. Overall, a fantastic experience that I’ll remember for a long while.
Written 10 September 2022
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Susanne412
Sandton, South Africa1 774 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
We did the tour with feeding option and had great fun.
On entering the monkeys immediately came to us touch us and jumped onto everybody and were very curious.
Then we received a bucket with lots of food and every monkey wanted it's share.
It could have been some information about the monkeys or other animals which are living at the sanctuary and also a warning about the walk over the suspension bridges.
Instead it was always a follow me, come come by our guide, so not enough time for us with the monkeys. Thats what we paid for, not to be chased up a mountain for the view.
I presume it had to do because of a group behind us, but then let the guest who don't feed go ahead of the feeding group.

To see the Meerkats we had to ask for them and what Bush Babies???
Written 27 November 2022
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Cristian Diaconu
Bucharest, Romania40 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
Our third visit…
The monkeys are beautiful and playful but something is changed. I’m not saying about the fees, which are absolutely normal to be increased with a 10-15%, but as we chose the option with feeding the monkeys, I was disappointed to see the food container less than half, compared with my last visit. One one detail, there was no mangos from monkeys, but a big plantation in front of the reception. New management?
Written 28 January 2023
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Izelle V
Auckland, New Zealand9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
My friend and I went on a feeding time tour and it was the most amazing experience! Definitely one of the highlights of my entire trip. I loved all the cheeky monkeys, the walk was great, and the staff were friendly. Definitely worth a visit! Highly recommend.
Written 17 September 2023
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HT3777
Washington, DC149 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011 • Couples
“Ha ha ha ha!” is the response you’ll receive from the staff at the Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary more often than not.

“Please, get the monkey off me!”

“Ha ha ha ha!”

“Get that monkey off my wife!”

“Ha ha ha ha!”

“Please help!”

“Ha ha ha ha!”

The brochures for the sanctuary and the signs at the entrance imply that monkeys are not to be touched and are currently being rehabilitated. Wrong.

Less than thirty seconds after walking into sanctuary, a “problem monkey” jumped on one of our parties’ head, tried to steal her glasses, and then clung around her neck. The guide refused to remove the monkey and started laughing, indulgently bragging that this money had already stolen 28 mobile phones.

In fact, this one of the “one or two problem monkeys” was actually rewarded with love, peanut butter sandwiches, and carried like a baby by the tourists throughout the walk. It’s no wonder that these monkeys feel free to grab onto, jump up on, pee on and throw rocks at (according to our guide) visitors.

Had I not constantly been watching my back for a “problem monkey” to unexpectedly jump on me I might have actually enjoyed the 3km walk through the treetops, over several swinging bridges (in spite of the broken planks), and along a stream. I might also have been able to enjoy looking at the non-native monkeys thriving in the trees after their awful experiences as victims of the exotic animal trade.

However, I spend the entire trip avoiding one of the “problem monkeys” as it jumped up on members of our group desperate for both attention and our personal items.

If you think you’re seeing wild monkeys, you aren’t. If you think that these monkeys are being unconditioned to human food or contact, you’re wrong. Supposedly, the center is rescuing monkeys who have been kept as pets in inappropriate conditions. However, I see no sign that they do not continue to repeat the destructive eating and behavioral patterns forced on these monkeys by their previous owners.

If you don’t want a monkey to molest you while the guide laughs, don’t bother visiting.

We did ask for our money back and were told “everybody loves the tour” and “the transaction has already been run on your credit card and I don’t know how to reverse it.”

Too bad the management doesn’t want to enforce good behavior both from monkeys and from guests who continue to treat these animals as spoiled three-year-olds. I’m guessing that enforcing a code of good behavior from visitors would go a long way toward encouraging the “problem monkeys” to behave more like wild monkeys.

“One or two problem monkeys” create a problem for this attraction!
Written 13 December 2011
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CDNin
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013
I had been looking forward to this sanctuary as soon as I heard about it.
This is not a zoo-type experience and the primates are free to roam in the sanctuary. They are naturally shy(as they should be) and one of the goals of the sanctuary is to de-humanize them so that they are not attracted to humans. They of course become familiar with guides because they are there all the time. If you're expecting these monkeys to climb up all over you, please don't get your hopes up. These were pets and the staff has worked hard to undo that damage to their behaviour.
Speaking of the staff: they were amazing and super friendly. I was warmly greeted and given suggestions for what to do in the area after the sanctuary. The guide was very informed on all the primate species at the sanctuary. The visit was interesting and well worth the price of entry as the sanctuary really keeps the best interest of the primates in mind.
It will be hard to visit a zoo and see all the same primates in such confined enclosures.
Written 14 August 2013
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Lautenbg
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Friends
I took a friend who was visiting SA to this sanctuary. It's a longish drive from Johannesburg (over an hour) but I suppose one could make an (expensive) day of it with all the interesting attractions in the area. The main disappointment was that, judging by the name and the picture on this site, we expected to be able to see bush babies. However there are none to be seen. The staff claim that there are some, but that they hide and sleep all day, and the facility is not open when they are active (at night).

That said, the guide was knowledgable (although his accent made him a little hard to follow for my foreign friend). The venue is attractive and well constructed and the monkeys are sociable. It was an enjoyable experience, and provides a valuable service for the inhabitants and in education.
Written 18 July 2013
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